Everton boss Moyes not buying into the criticism of his men

Everton chief David Moyes is adamant there is no crisis of confidence among his shot-shy attack.

Only West Brom and QPR have scored fewer Premier League goals at home this season and Moyes was again forced to defend his men after failing to convert their weight of pressure against the Canaries.

The Toffees had to rely on Leon Osman's late deflected strike to salvage a draw to avoid a third consecutive league defeat despite pinning Norwich back at the start and finish of another disappointing home game at Goodison Park.

'Somebody has been telling me that over the last couple of games we have had no shots at goal,' said Moyes. 'Well today we had 15 on target and they had one so I don't know if you people are going to write about that. I don't even know if that stat is right because I will have to check it with my stat boys on Monday.

'We've had that quite a lot this season.

'The minute we don't get a few shots on goal everybody jumps on it but we've actually been doing okay, playing okay, just not scoring the goals which obviously makes a difference.'

Moyes sealed a two month New Year loan deal return for American international striker Landon Donovan on the eve of the Canaries' visit in a bid to beef up his frontline.

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'We know what we've got and where we are short,' he said. 'We could do with more goals from all over the pitch, not just the forwards, but I thought we made a few openings that you like to think you would have been rewarded with.

'We are really looking forward to getting Landon back. He did great for us before. We have been watching him closely and we would have had him back last year but after the World Cup and all the football he has played it was just too much.

'He knows what we are all about and we know about him. We've watched his games, he looks fine and we will be able to use him in several roles, off the left, off the right and through the middle and we need that at the moment.

'Hopefully he can hit the ground running and get started quite quickly. We get him for about eight weeks and we will make the most of it.'

Norwich's backline looked to be heading for an elusive clean sheet, marshalled by a man Moyes knows only too well.

The Everton chief plucked John Ruddy from Cambridge United as a youngster after only 39 senior league appearances at the Abbey Stadium.

Moyes was fulsome in his praise for the St Ives-bred keeper who played his part in a battling defensive shift from the Canaries.

The Everton chief conceded Ruddy was fully deserving of his warm ovation from the Toffees' fans on his first homecoming.

'John has done really well. He needed the games and he did great at Motherwell when he left,' he said. 'We had Tim Howard here, who we regard very highly, and it was going to be a long haul for John to get over him but he has done really well.

'I thought he made some really good saves for Norwich. Sometimes coming back it can work like that, sometimes they don't handle it that well. I thought in the first ten or 15 minutes we had a couple of corners when it looked like we might score from them and it didn't quite go in. We looked a threat, but the goal rocked it and changed it round.

'I'd say I couldn't fault them, but of course I could because we didn't get the goal for all their effort for 20, 25 minutes.

'I thought our worst period was the next 15 minutes or so up to half-time after they scored. It took the wind out of our sails, but I don't think at any time we were getting battered or hammered. It was a really poor goal to lose and it meant another mountain to climb and for long periods it looked as if we wouldn't even get a point.

'Thankfully, I got one but I felt we deserved three.'